Ottawa, KS
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Ottawa is a somewhat small city located in the state of Kansas. With a population of 12,387 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Ottawa is the 28th largest community in Kansas.

Unlike some cities, Ottawa isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Ottawa are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Ottawa is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Ottawa who work in office and administrative support (15.45%), teaching (9.48%), and food service (7.62%).

The education level of Ottawa citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 21.19% of adults in Ottawa have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Ottawa in 2010 was $21,838, which is middle income relative to Kansas and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $87,352 for a family of four. However, Ottawa contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Ottawa home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ottawa residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Ottawa include Irish, English, Scottish, and Swedish.

The most common language spoken in Ottawa is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.